Minor League Roundup: Gerrit Cole Has OK Start, Bradenton Wins 18-Inning Affair

The roundup of Sunday's action::

-P- Indianapolis beat Louisville, 4-2. Daniel Cabrera, still trying to come back from Tommy John surgery, allowed two runs over seven innings in his second AAA start. He gave up six hits, walked none, fanned three and threw 59 of 79 pitches for strikes. He left with the game tied and Bryan Morris followed with 1.2 scoreless IP to pick up the win. Morris allowed a hit and fanned one, then gave way to Doug Slaten, who picked up another one-out save. Starling Marte left the game for a pinch-runner after being hit by a pitch in the second. I haven't seen any report on the injury. Gorkys Hernandez went 1-3 with a walk. Matt Hague went 1-2 with a double, a walk and a sac bunt (argh!). Jordy Mercer went 1-4 with a double.

UPDATE: Marte was hit on the right hand with the pitch. There's no update as yet on the severity of the injury.

-P- Altoona won, 4-1 over Richmond. Brandon Cumpton had a strong start, allowing one run on three hits and a walk over 5.2 IP, fanning four. Tim Alderson pitched a 1-2-3 9th for his third save. Robbie Grossman went 2-4 with a walk, while Tony Sanchez and Matt Curry each went 1-3 with a walk. Minor league veteran Charlie Cutler, still playing left due to the injuries to Andrew Lambo and Adalberto Santos, went 2-2 with a walk. Quincy Latimore went 2-3 with a double. Altoona currently has six players on the disabled list, the others being Jarek Cunningham, Ryan Beckman, Aaron Poreda and Aaron Pribanic.

-P- Bradenton won an 18-inning marathon from Tampa, 7-6. The winning run scored when Mel Rojas, Jr., hit a two-out triple off a Tampa backup catcher to score Benji Gonzalez, who had reached on an error. Tampa used eight pitchers before going with a position player in the 18th. Bradenton got by with five. Gerrit Cole started and allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out five. After he left, Eliecer Navarro and Zach Foster allowed four runs to blow a 6-2 lead. Josh Poytress followed Foster with six shutout innings; he's started his high A career with 16 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and three walks, and fanned four. Jeff Inman pitched the 18th, allowing just a walk to get the save. Gift Ngoepe went 3-7 with a double and two walks. Rojas went 3-7 with the triple and a walk, and threw a runner out at home. Dan Grovatt went 3-7 with two doubles and a walk. Evan Chambers and Wes Freeman combined to go 0-15 with two walks and seven Ks. Tampa pitchers walked 11 and fanned 17.

-P- West Virginia dropped a 10-inning game to Greensboro, 5-4. Zac Fuesser managed to allow only one run over five innings despite allowing eight hits. He walked one and fanned three. He left with a 4-1 lead, but the Power's bullpen, as is their wont, quickly blew it. Jordan Cooper eventually allowed a two-out walk-off single in the 10th. The four relievers who appeared for West Virginia have ERAs of 9.00, 9.53, 4.76 and 7.04, which should give you an idea why the Power are struggling despite a good offense. Speaking of which . . . The Alen Hanson Experience contributed a 2-4 day, with a double, a steal and a sac fly. Jose Osuna, Gregory Polanco and Willy Garcia all went 2-5, with Osuna and Garcia adding doubles.

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